The want of the Jamaicans to come back to their homeland, Africa, was the main part of being a Rastafari. This was its core foundation as well as the African culture as a whole. A Rastafari then through reggae music, sent strong messages. They saw Africa as Zion. Africa was like Heaven on Earth and they intended to move back here.
This led to an increased interest in numerous different aspects of African American culture, including music, literature, performing arts, and political issues. Although each of these mediums are unique in their own sense, they all share core characteristics of the Harlem Renaissance, including personal expression and defining what is meant to be “black”. These common characteristics created a sense of interconnectedness throughout the Harlem Renaissance as many artists drew their inspirations from those of other mediums. This exhibit portrays just a glance into the vivid cultural revolution of the Harlem Renaissance and includes a wide variety of works across both multiple mediums and subjects. It was the hope that this exhibit would give one a holistic image of life and culture during the Harlem Renaissance by exploring different aspects of it.
Music is a common cultural element in every society. In African, music forms the backbone of our cultural heritage in that it permeates all our daily activities. The African is born, named, initiated, fortified, fed, nurtured and buried with music (Aduonum, 1980). African traditional music goes beyond mere entertainment. In most African countries, traditional music were used in the past to store history by rhyming the words.
Some main practices are magic, healing, candomblé, and Hoodoo which is African Folk magic. Candomblé is a practice which includes animal sacrifices, healing, dancing and drumming. Also some other practices are conjure and spiritism. Conjure is a practice in which spiritual wisdom is passed down from generation to generation. Now I am writing
African Literature contains traditional oral and written literatures in Afro-Asiatic and African languages merge with the Africans works in European languages. Traditional written literature limits to a small geographic area than oral literature. Oral literature is the most characteristic of sub-Saharan cultures and it participates in the cultures of Mediterranean. In particular, they write literatures in both Hausa and Arabic languages. It creates by the scholars of Northern Nigeria and the Somali people produces a traditional literature in written form.
1. What Is the Importance of the Sun Dance Ceremony? What Is Its Function in the Community? It is the sacred ritual which is performed by Native Americans as a way of saying to the gods “we have nothing to give but our bodies.” The rite is primarily done to beg for the life or healing of the sick through prayer, dance, and sacrifices, such as food or physical suffering. It is important to the community because it strengthens the people 's ties to their culture and traditions.
Regardless, Ailey continued using his performances as a source of communication to the audience, such as in Revelations (1960) where he depicted the persistence from slavery to freedom. Revelations mapped rural southern identity while using from the inspirations of hymns, folklore, and Afro-Caribbean themes. Although Ailey wanted the black body to be accepted among modern dance, he also refused to simply let go of his African roots and was a pioneer in incorporating both aspects within his
Throughout the book, religion is brought up many times. It affects the people in the Ibo tribe and helps show the reason why Things Fall Apart was written. Chinua Achebe purpose of writing the novel is to show both the truth and beauty of the ancient Ibo tribes, and he did so by demonstrating the culture’s religion. In the novel, a part of the
Thus, the African personality movement is an effort for building up pure image of the African person, a re-establishment of the African self-a-self directed and self controlled continent.11 African identity stems out of what can be called the African world view. The African world view encompasses a holistic approach to understanding humanity and the cosmos. Within the world view are multitude of interconnections and interactions between the cosmos, high god, lesser gods; spirits; ancestors; vital force; divine kings; elders and familial bonds.12 Core to African world view is the thesis of community-individual model that tells of the interconnections of the extended family relation with the individual as the ground for personal
Title of the Paper: Cultural dichotomy in Okara’s Piano and Drums. Abstract: Piano and drums written by modern Nigerian poet Gabriel Okara enlightens us about the cultural and identical complexities faced by the African people. The European civilization was introduced in Africa after the arrival of the former in the 16th century. Most of the native Africans stuck to their traditions, while some of them living in the urban absorbed the behavioral pattern of the Europeans. The poet thus symbolizes the drum with the traditional African life while Piano with that of European culture.